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David Luiz looking forward to joining fellow summer signings Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal landed highly rated winger Pepe from Lille in a club-record deal (Picture: Getty)Asked about Arsenal’s new signings, and who he is most excited to play with, Luiz told the club’s official website: ‘Like I said, I think it’s a great squad with a lot of quality.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I just hope me, Dani Ceballos and Pepe can give a lot for this squad, for this club, to improve and to help everybody.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOn why Arsenal appealed to him, he continued: ‘It’s a big club – not just in England, but everybody around the world knows how big Arsenal is.‘When I had an opportunity to come to this kind of big club, I had to take it. That’s why I’m here.’ Luiz feared for his game time at Chelsea and jumped at the chance to join Arsenal (Getty)Asked which Arsenal players have caused him the most trouble over the years, he added: ‘It has to be the strikers!‘It was always these opponents I had to try to stop. I’m happy now that I can have Lacazette and Aubameyang on my side, so it’s much easier now!’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal David Luiz looking forward to joining fellow summer signings Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos at Arsenal The Brazilian is excited to link up with his new teammates at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)David Luiz says he is excited to start working with the rest of Arsenal’s summer signings, while he is thrilled he no longer has to defend against the Gunners’ frontline.The Brazilian completed a surprise deadline day move to the Emirates from Chelsea in an £8milllion deal, despite having only signed a new contract with the Blues just a couple of months ago.He joins Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos, £72m man Nicolas Pepe and Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney in moving to Arsenal, and is excited by the squad that has been assembled. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Aug 2019 9:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kSharescenter_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Kiffin receives word of NCAA allegations

first_imgUSC received a notice of allegations from the NCAA on Wednesday concerning coach Lane Kiffin’s 14-month tenure at the University of Tennessee.After a 22-month investigation into the Volunteers’ football and men’s basketball programs, the NCAA cited Kiffin for a failure to promote an atmosphere for compliance, a failure to monitor and impermissible recruiting activities.“We have received from the NCAA a notice of allegations against Lane Kiffin pertaining to his tenure as the head football coach at Tennessee,” said USC athletic director Pat Haden in a statement. “The NCAA enforcement process provides for Tennessee and Lane to address those charges. Until that process is completed, it would be unfair and premature for me or USC to comment on this matter.”Kiffin, as well as Tennessee, has 90 days to respond to the allegations before the hearing with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, which is scheduled for June 10 and 11 in Indianapolis.According to a 26-page document released by Tennessee, Kiffin and his Volunteers coaching staff failed “to promote an atmosphere for compliance within the football program and [failed] to monitor the activities regarding compliance of several assistant football coaches.” One of those coaches might be current USC recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron.From Jan. 3 through Jan. 9, 2010, Kiffin and his staff made impermissible telephone contact with five recruits — a total of 16 calls spanning 47 minutes.Additionally, Kiffin allowed a recruiting intern, Steve Rubio, to accompany him on a recruiting trip to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., despite forewarning from the school’s football operations department.On that trip, Rubio allegedly made “in-person, off-campus contact with high school administrators,” which, since he was an intern and a non-authorized off-campus recruiter, is a violation of NCAA rules.“This trip and these contacts occurred after David Blackburn, the institution’s director of football operations, informed both Kiffin and Rubio on or about Oct. 10, 2009, that Rubio was not permitted to enter a high school’s property while accompanying a football coach on a recruiting trip,” the NCAA said.Rubio, however, is an alum of the high school.“We have received the notice of allegations,” Kiffin said in a statement. “On the advice of my legal counsel, we cannot comment other than to say we look forward to working through the process with the NCAA.”In spite of the allegations, Haden’s support of Kiffin has not wavered in the slightest.“Since his return to USC last year as our head football coach, Lane has been vigilant in making sure he and the football program follow the NCAA’s rules and compete the right way,” Haden said. “Lane has my support as our head football coach.”last_img read more